28 April 2011

X-Factor 20 years old Comic

X is for X-factor! X-factor is a Marvel comic and I have one of the issue that dated back in the early 1990s.


This was a FREE copy I received when I visited STGCC 2010. As old as the comic was, it really bring me some fond memories of what happening during those period in the comic industry.

For one, the comic was sure at affordable price for USD $1.00


This is possible because of advertisement in the comic book. So it is a common sight to see every 2 pages, advertisement came up on another page.


In 1991s, computer coloring and printing were not yet introduced, so the color can be rather restricted due to color printing technology then. Coloring was done hand painted.


The paper quality was rather poor then which make the textures of the print uneven especially where there are too much black tone.


I remember in order to reduce or slow down the effect of oxidation, the comic normally come with a specialize cardboard to store the seal comic in storage. 

Regarding advertisement, it pretty document and speak up what was happening in that era of 1990s. So which are the great advertisers in comic then? The Game industry. Game console such as Sega Genesis 16 bit! I own one of this set in the early 1990s.


Remember how was the graphic in video game? Yes the square pixelize era where everything is in block and 2D


However the advertisement of such game uses good looking drawing to fish in the customers. Looking back, I felt how silly the consumers were to buy in such advertisement for the promise of fun.


Another device that mark that era of gaming is hacking hardware and software such as this.


As some of the game maybe too challenging, some thought of ways to cheat the game and true enough they satisfy that part of demand with this which gave cheat in status to finish some impossible mission.

Card game was there too such as the NBA card. NBA was huge during those era.


Again here's a photo of how poor the printing quality was. See the double images?


Not forgetting Advance Dungeons and Dragons another huge happening back then which met with much condamnation and labelled as occult.


For comic, there were advertisement such as mail order.


Subscription of comic books that suppose to mail to you on time.


Back in those days, you have to fill in the forms by hand, buy a postage stamp and send it out by snail mail.


The comic also comes with interaction like Question and Answers via snail mail.


Not forgetting a column by Stan Lee


Signed off my Stan Lee himself. This is a GEM!


Reading this comic is like walking down a memory lane. I know some of the readers here may not even been born when this comic was issued and hopefully this will give you some ideas how comic was back in the good old 90s.

Are you still reading comic now?

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